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by Leonard Maran
June 28th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)

I used to buy from The Wine Club but my transactions were not all seamless. I live in San Francisco, so I can't imagine why anyone would buy from them when K&L is in every way superior. Their software ensures that when you buy a wine it's yours, as inventory is in real time. Also selection is unpara...
by Leonard Maran
June 28th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1827

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

There is so much that I enjoy about wine, but I've never though of it as a hobby.
by Leonard Maran
June 22nd, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2330

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

Ignore it. Any studies cited in the mainstream press should be ignored until a better one comes along.
by Leonard Maran
June 22nd, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3124

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I would buy as much Beekeeper as I could.
by Leonard Maran
June 22nd, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1109
Views: 89387

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

While it may be arguably unethical, it is not stealing.
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Same difference..
by Leonard Maran
June 22nd, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(
Replies: 41
Views: 2157

Re: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(

No one to blame but yourself, though it doesn't sound serious.
by Leonard Maran
June 22nd, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19102

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Once everyone on here has boycotted every winery it'll be rich pickings for the rest of us. [wow.gif] Well, of course this is a joke. There has been one winery that I would never buy from again. Here goes, ancient history.....there was a time, a long time ago, when, with vintages 1982-1984, Keenan ...
by Leonard Maran
May 18th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5915

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

2014 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at K&L is excellent. It's $52.99.
by Leonard Maran
March 22nd, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery
Replies: 14
Views: 1363

California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery

To ease the pain for those who consume spirits and wine~ 1. "Returns of alcoholic beverages": This change creates the opportunity for retailers to return product to manufacturers like breweries and distilleries. (Manufacturers, however, don't have to accept returns — that's up to them to decide.) 2....
by Leonard Maran
February 17th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11929

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

I'm very busy selling, seeing as I've just moved and downsized. I may have to continue my Dehlinger buys, as its' two families involved, theirs and mine. Even though
I know that in the foreseeable future the wine will not accrue in value. What's most important?
by Leonard Maran
February 17th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6354

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Many of you are fortunate to be able to enjoy wines that are not on others' radar. Overall, though, particularly when it comes to undervalued wines that I'd want to shout about, it's Rioja 100%. There is a perversity involved here though, as, if it catches on it becomes more expensive. No matter, I'...
by Leonard Maran
January 31st, 2020, 2:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Offline Feb 18 @ Zazie (no corkage)
Replies: 63
Views: 2859

Re: SF Offline Feb 18 @ Zazie (no corkage)

Please add me to the waitlist..
by Leonard Maran
January 15th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3462

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Decidedly, and chalky as well. In my experience it can age forever, without gaining complexity.
by Leonard Maran
December 31st, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 15686

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I guess this is a baller thread~
by Leonard Maran
December 18th, 2019, 2:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80236

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Picayune I know, but I was glad to see someone point out that our Barilla is not from Italy, though there is a Barilla in Italy. So it sucks because we just don’t have the hard durum wheat that Italy does. So, the difference is that you can’t get it al dente. Now I love DeCecco, so that will upset m...
by Leonard Maran
December 5th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 4823

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Leonard here confirming: looking forward~
by Leonard Maran
December 4th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 4823

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

I would only be in for the City. Too bad it’s not on the Tuesday, as Zazie in Cole Valley has free corkage on Tuesdays. I know I need to RSVP by the 5th, but I’ve no clue as to the venue.
by Leonard Maran
November 19th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 4823

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Interested as well~
by Leonard Maran
November 8th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 50
Views: 2994

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Benchmark has a 1.5, magnum of the 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste for $224.00
by Leonard Maran
August 11th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 3258

Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

I'm curious about the ArteVino III; clearly it's much more affordable, but if the only difference is that it's a Toyota, I'm fine with that.
by Leonard Maran
August 2nd, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2865

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

I enjoyed a bottle of 2000 Les Carme Haut Briton quite recently. It was earthy and still firmly structured. I’m not a Leve; on this board I’m a nobody, but I would definitely view the wine as a good deal better than “just ok”.
by Leonard Maran
July 25th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4945

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

It's the common grape, Duriff in France. Sure, they age a long time, but IMO, they do not evolve much. I also do not like the sometimes, chalky mouthfeel.
by Leonard Maran
July 25th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2151

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

I live in San Francisco. I will bring a $30.00 bottle, usually to an ethnic restaurant that does not charge corkage. Otherwise, I have a deep wine cellar, and I always bring my wine. It isn't about saving money; in my case I'll never be able to drink all my wine in my lifetime. Plus, the restaurants...
by Leonard Maran
June 29th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 4873

Re: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm

Thanks George,
I've got the directions, although now that I look at your post I do wonder about the time. I think it's usually around 3PM, no?
by Leonard Maran
May 5th, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 3035

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

I’d suggest not going to a restaurant in Hayes Valley.
by Leonard Maran
March 30th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 3932

Re: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

I came across two 2000 Bordeaux magnums: Brane Cantenac and Grande Mayne. Cellar Tracker reviews were less than stellar. I'll bring a 1986 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet. I don't expect feedback from this thread, so I'm thinking the wine will be ready to go without aeration (Galloni seemed to think i...
by Leonard Maran
March 20th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 3932

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

Gregg, not totally necessary but a pick up a BART would be cool. I’m leaning towards 2000 Bordeaux, though I also have 86’ 87, 90 and 91 Dunn Howell.
by Leonard Maran
March 17th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 3932

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

Oh, sorry for the confusion; I will be there.
by Leonard Maran
March 11th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 3932

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish

I've had a really long and tough week, a training all day today, little sleep, and I have a big event Sunday. I'm hoping I can go to one of the offlines at the Yacht Club. My magnum was pulled and needs to be drunk
by Leonard Maran
November 15th, 2018, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...
Replies: 46
Views: 3016

Re: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...

K&L
K&L
K&L
by Leonard Maran
November 4th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 2170

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

The carbon footprint alone irritates me. Impressive maybe, but it has nothing to do with what's in the bottle.
by Leonard Maran
October 29th, 2018, 3:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline Zazie
Replies: 12
Views: 988

Re: San Francisco Offline Zazie

Zazie is an ideal venue.
by Leonard Maran
October 13th, 2018, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1474

Re: TN: Blind Chardonnay Tasting

I think if the Ridge Mont Bello was tasted 2 years later it would show better.
by Leonard Maran
October 12th, 2018, 2:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline Zazie
Replies: 12
Views: 988

Re: San Francisco Offline Zazie

Sure Chris,
I messaged you about this very question; I would like to reschedule..
by Leonard Maran
October 4th, 2018, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 Cab or Am I Really Off Base?
Replies: 60
Views: 3038

Re: Sub $15 Cab or Am I Really Off Base?

https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/6543817/1994-Vichon-Estate-Table-Wine Affordable bottles of 1994 Stags Leap AVA cabernet sauvignon. Admittedly, the extra $5 above the OP threshold is not small change. It isn't $5.00 above; winner pays 18% surcharge, and this winner bought all 6 bottles which h...
by Leonard Maran
October 2nd, 2018, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9524

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Dan, any thoughts about the 2014 Chateau Puech-Haut 'Reboussier' Saint-Drezery?
by Leonard Maran
October 1st, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline Zazie
Replies: 12
Views: 988

Re: San Francisco Offline Zazie

Zazie is a charming bistro.
by Leonard Maran
September 30th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline Zazie
Replies: 12
Views: 988

San Francisco Offline Zazie

Yao, I think French is the way to go for Zazie~
by Leonard Maran
September 27th, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline Zazie
Replies: 12
Views: 988

San Francisco Offline Zazie

Zazie is in Cole Valley~it's a charming bistro.
by Leonard Maran
September 23rd, 2018, 2:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1916

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

there were many high alcohol Zinfandels back in the day.
by Leonard Maran
September 15th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 8519

Re: Realm The Absurd

From 2013 at $250 a bottle, to 2015 now $425, what's up with this Absurd Napa inflation? Really sucks. Simply read this thread. Haven't tried it, don't know it, hope it gets high scores, in for a case. Same with Bordeaux futures. Can't blame them for raising prices. I'd keep raising them until it s...
by Leonard Maran
September 15th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Rewards Changes
Replies: 64
Views: 5178

Re: Total Wine Rewards Changes

Like Starbucks, a long time ago, Total has arrived in California. I've no need for this arriviste, as K&L, not to mention, all the other great wine shops in the Bay Area, have already fulfilled all of my many dreams.
by Leonard Maran
September 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!
Replies: 328
Views: 25492

Re: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!

I live here, and I am not at all familiar with any of these wines.
by Leonard Maran
September 15th, 2018, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 538
Views: 37833

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Opened a replacement 2016 Estate Chardonnay today. The first bottle I opened a few months ago, smelled of sulfur matchsticks and I was advised to ask for a replacement. Ridge was very understanding and sent out a replacement bottle as soon as the weather allowed. The new one is exactly the same. I ...
by Leonard Maran
September 13th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Consignment
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: WineBid Consignment

K&L has never deigned to refuse any of the wine I've listed for them. It depends, to some degree, where you live. I live in San Francisco, so I can just head over to Soma to deliver my wine and they have a lower sellers's commission. It is 0% for store credit. My experience of late (and I don't buy ...
by Leonard Maran
September 13th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3643

Re: 2016 Kutch

There have been grave concerns for some time now~about the Wine Expectorate.

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